Guidance changed significantly on 1st April when the universal testing offer ended.
“The population now has much stronger protection against COVID-19 than at any other point in the pandemic. This means we can begin to manage the virus like other respiratory infections, thanks to the success of the vaccination programme and access to antivirals, alongside natural immunity and increased scientific and public understanding about how to manage risk.” (DfE Bulletin to schools 31.03.22)
1. What symptoms should I look out for?
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
- a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- shortness of breath
- feeling tired or exhausted
- an aching body
- a headache
- a sore throat
- a blocked or runny nose
- loss of appetite
- feeling sick or being sick
The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.
2. What to do if your child has symptoms
Your child should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and they either:
- have a high temperature
- do not feel well enough to go to school, or do their normal activities
If your child has mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat or mild cough, and they feel well enough, they can go to school.
Encourage your child to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, and to wash their hands after using or throwing away tissues.
Most children who are unwell will recover in a few days with rest and plenty of fluids.
There is guidance for people with COVID-19 symptoms and other respiratory infections on GOV.UK.
2. How long should children stay off school?
Children can come back to school when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend. A negative test is not required.
3. What about testing?
Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education setting.
If you have any questions about our covid guidance, or have a specific query about your child, please contact the school office who will be able to help.